ADJUDICATION OFFICER (RESEARCH-ARABIC))
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Every day, our Adjudication Officers (Research-Arabic) monitor, collect, collate, and distribute human rights information and related country conditions throughout the Middle East and provide pertinent information with regard international law and conflicts.
This position of ADJUDICATION OFFICER (RESEARCH-ARABIC)) starts at a salary of $94,796 GS-13 grade level, with promotion potential to$145,629 GS-14 grade level.
Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Refugee, Asylum, & International Operations, Research Unit, located in Washington DC within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.
Relocation expenses are authorized if you are a USCIS employee assigned to the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for USCIS employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.
- Occasional Travel
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
Selective Placement Factor: You must have proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in the Arabic Language. The geographical location of the Adjudication Officer's research portfolio requires understanding the subjective impacts of culture, language, history, religion, politics, and other factors in order to assess data, produce timely professional reports. Use of source materials written or translated in the Arabic language may be necessary, in addition to maintaining on-going liaison with in-country social service organizations, charities, and reporters.
GS-13: In addition to the qualifications above, you qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS- 12 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
- Demonstrating knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa (culture, history, religion, and politics).
- Researching country conditions, analyzing information, and providing written reports and recommended solutions.
- Making assessments or final determinations on difficult and sensitive immigration benefits cases that are discretionary, precedent-setting, have high visibility and are of great importance to the agency .
- Analyzing immigration benefit adjudication program field operations with regard to production, quality and service to the public.
- Managing relationships with stakeholders and personnel from external organizations or agencies.
- Designing and conducting complex and detailed analyses to prepare a variety o written reports which meet the informational needs of the program.
- Researching, gathering, and compiling information and data in regards to political and international human rights violations.
- Utilizing the Arabic language to maintain awareness of political, social, and cultural developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable), as it relates to this job opportunity. Please be clear and specific when describing your work history as we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions.
Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
- Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
- Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor name and phone number
- Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
- Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position.
- Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
If you are using current or prior federal experience as a basis for qualifying for this position, the grade levels and length of employment (mm/dd/year) at each grade level must be listed in your work history. This information will be further validated if selected for this position.
National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience)
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build criteria competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer service. Please provide the dates and amount of time/hours worked earning this experience.
Educational Substitution: There is no educational substitution at these grade levels.
Training: If you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the residential, paid RAIO Combined Training course and the Division-specific course(s) that relates to this position, at a USCIS training facility. Depending on the position, the courses may last up to eleven weeks. In addition, if you have not already done so, you will be required to attend the residential, paid BASIC Immigration Officer training program, lasting six weeks, at a USCIS training facility. The trainings must be completed successfully according to the standards of the agency. Failure to do so will be grounds for mandatory removal from the position. Such failure will result in either reassignment to a different position, demotion, or separation by appropriate procedures.
Probationary Period:You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement ( 04/21/2017).
Residency Requirement: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.